These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Tennessee For 2018


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Tennessee have the most for people looking to make the move to Tennessee.

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Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Tennessee a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Tennessee.

Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Volunteer State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Tennessee, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 89 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Volunteer State for 2018:

  1. Williamson County (Photos)
  2. Sumner County (Photos)
  3. Cheatham County (Photos)
  4. Wilson County (Photos)
  5. Loudon County (Photos)
  6. Washington County (Photos)
  7. Rutherford County (Photos)
  8. Smith County (Photos)
  9. Robertson County (Photos)
  10. Montgomery County (Photos)

Williamson County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Tennessee. And you might want to avoid Cocke County if you can — at least according to the data.

So if you’re thinking of making the move Tennessee, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Tennessee and the best places to raise a family in Tennessee.

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How do you determine which Tennessee county is the best?

To give you the best county in Tennessee, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Tennessee across each of the criteria from one to 89, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Tennessee’.

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Volunteer State.

Read on to see why Williamson County is the best county, while Cocke County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Tennessee.

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1. Williamson County

Brentwood, TN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Franklin
Population: 205,645
Median Income: $100,140 (1st best)
Median Home Price: $368,100 (27th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (1st best)
More on Williamson County: PhotosData

2. Sumner County

Gallatin, TN

Biggest Place: Hendersonville
Population: 172,786
Median Income: $58,972 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $184,900 (30th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (4th best)
More on Sumner County: PhotosData

3. Cheatham County

Ashland City, TN

Biggest Place: Ashland City
Population: 39,575
Median Income: $53,179 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $163,700 (36th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.6% (15th best)
More on Cheatham County: PhotosData

4. Wilson County

Lebanon, TN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Mount Juliet
Population: 125,616
Median Income: $63,426 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $211,700 (28th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (5th best)
More on Wilson County: PhotosData

5. Loudon County

Farragut, TN

Biggest Place: Farragut
Population: 50,637
Median Income: $52,995 (9th best)
Median Home Price: $185,900 (29th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (31st best)
More on Loudon County: PhotosData

6. Washington County

Johnson City, TN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Johnson City
Population: 126,044
Median Income: $44,444 (22nd best)
Median Home Price: $149,200 (41st best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (7th best)
More on Washington County: PhotosData

7. Rutherford County

La Vergne, TN

Biggest Place: Murfreesboro
Population: 290,289
Median Income: $58,032 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $164,800 (34th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.1% (8th best)
More on Rutherford County: PhotosData

8. Smith County

Carthage, TN

Biggest Place: Carthage
Population: 19,176
Median Income: $44,272 (23rd best)
Median Home Price: $118,100 (62nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (2nd best)
More on Smith County: PhotosData

9. Robertson County

Portland, TN

Biggest Place: Springfield
Population: 67,905
Median Income: $56,331 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $158,800 (38th best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (28th best)
More on Robertson County: PhotosData

10. Montgomery County

Clarksville, TN

Biggest Place: Clarksville
Population: 189,709
Median Income: $51,528 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $148,600 (42nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 8.2% (43rd best)
More on Montgomery County: PhotosData

There You Have It – The Best Counties In Tennessee To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Tennessee can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here’s a look at the worst counties in Tennessee according to the data:

  1. Cocke County
  2. Hardin County
  3. Lauderdale County

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Tennessee

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Williamson County 1 205,645 $100,140 $368,100
Sumner County 2 172,786 $58,972 $184,900
Cheatham County 3 39,575 $53,179 $163,700
Wilson County 4 125,616 $63,426 $211,700
Loudon County 5 50,637 $52,995 $185,900
Washington County 6 126,044 $44,444 $149,200
Rutherford County 7 290,289 $58,032 $164,800
Smith County 8 19,176 $44,272 $118,100
Robertson County 9 67,905 $56,331 $158,800
Montgomery County 10 189,709 $51,528 $148,600
Maury County 11 85,767 $49,597 $146,000
Fayette County 12 39,071 $55,972 $183,000
Tipton County 13 61,558 $54,650 $140,400
Blount County 14 126,192 $49,532 $168,000
Knox County 15 448,164 $50,366 $164,700
Jefferson County 16 52,851 $43,673 $130,900
Weakley County 17 34,024 $38,040 $98,200
Stewart County 18 13,257 $41,835 $125,200
Hamilton County 19 351,305 $49,434 $162,900
Anderson County 20 75,545 $44,241 $132,300
Decatur County 21 11,703 $38,180 $90,700
Sullivan County 22 156,644 $40,983 $125,200
Humphreys County 23 18,216 $40,995 $103,900
Cannon County 24 13,855 $43,654 $135,400
Gibson County 25 49,511 $38,854 $93,000
Roane County 26 52,983 $42,299 $127,900
Sequatchie County 27 14,710 $46,541 $135,000
Wayne County 28 16,842 $34,008 $87,600
Coffee County 29 53,808 $45,456 $116,500
Polk County 30 16,697 $41,520 $109,600
Marshall County 31 31,335 $44,900 $114,700
Houston County 32 8,234 $40,680 $93,200
Henry County 33 32,291 $38,378 $95,500
Dickson County 34 50,926 $47,137 $143,500
Madison County 35 98,128 $44,237 $123,400
Franklin County 36 41,348 $44,837 $110,700
Van Buren County 37 5,641 $42,813 $95,200
Claiborne County 38 31,701 $33,428 $98,500
Crockett County 39 14,558 $38,043 $94,200
Chester County 40 17,355 $42,376 $107,300
Davidson County 41 667,885 $50,484 $177,700
Giles County 42 29,034 $40,635 $113,900
Bedford County 43 46,331 $43,819 $121,700
Henderson County 44 27,952 $41,478 $94,000
Grainger County 45 22,813 $37,522 $102,300
White County 46 26,373 $35,989 $96,400
Sevier County 47 94,537 $42,586 $158,200
Marion County 48 28,363 $41,477 $119,000
Carroll County 49 28,417 $36,212 $85,300
Unicoi County 50 17,945 $35,390 $112,300
Overton County 51 22,090 $35,065 $107,200
Lincoln County 52 33,582 $41,038 $114,000
Cumberland County 53 57,895 $40,123 $136,800
Obion County 54 30,900 $38,933 $87,200
Putnam County 55 74,652 $36,350 $150,100
Lewis County 56 11,907 $36,920 $89,600
Jackson County 57 11,526 $32,676 $99,500
Morgan County 58 21,688 $39,728 $94,300
Hamblen County 59 63,203 $39,270 $126,200
Macon County 60 22,924 $34,098 $106,400
Greene County 61 68,502 $36,711 $113,700
Dekalb County 62 19,159 $37,640 $128,100
Bradley County 63 102,860 $43,721 $145,000
Benton County 64 16,173 $33,611 $88,200
Dyer County 65 37,970 $42,833 $103,400
Rhea County 66 32,461 $38,355 $108,100
Hawkins County 67 56,567 $37,883 $111,000
Clay County 68 7,769 $28,147 $89,400
Lawrence County 69 42,406 $40,457 $98,700
Union County 70 19,081 $38,540 $112,500
Bledsoe County 71 14,073 $38,535 $119,400
Shelby County 72 936,990 $46,854 $132,200
Mcminn County 73 52,606 $38,661 $116,900
Hickman County 74 24,251 $37,546 $103,600
Carter County 75 56,707 $33,177 $111,500
Campbell County 76 40,008 $33,628 $89,000
Scott County 77 22,029 $30,897 $86,700
Fentress County 78 17,936 $31,714 $105,200
Hancock County 79 6,609 $27,973 $83,400
Haywood County 80 18,129 $35,094 $100,500
Meigs County 81 11,804 $35,209 $103,900
Mcnairy County 82 26,057 $31,956 $85,400
Warren County 83 40,099 $36,245 $101,800
Lake County 84 7,643 $29,893 $76,000
Monroe County 85 45,482 $37,054 $113,600
Hardeman County 86 25,975 $33,566 $84,800
Lauderdale County 87 27,261 $32,353 $79,900
Hardin County 88 25,839 $37,244 $103,900
Cocke County 89 35,256 $31,081 $100,100

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